Southern States Violent Crime

2 Sheffield Police Officers Shot, Suspect Shot and Civilian Killed

2 Sheffield Police Officers Shot, Suspect Shot and Civilian Killed

2 Sheffield police officers shot

2 Sheffield police officers shot

Sheffield Police Sgt. Nick Risner fighting for his life after being shot in the line of duty.

A Sheffield police officer was taken to Huntsville Hospital in critical condition after a shootout with a suspect, police said.

The officer was one of two who were hit by bullets during a firefight behind Southgate Mall Friday afternoon, authorities said.

Sheffield Police Chief Ricky Terry identified the officer as Sgt. Nick Risner. Risner, a K-9 officer, had surgery Friday but remains in critical condition.

Muscle Shoals Police Chief Clint Reck said the suspect, Brian Lansing Martin, was also hit during the shooting and was taken to Huntsville Hospital.

Reck said they received a call at 1:44 p.m. Friday of a pedestrian that had been hit on Avalon Avenue. When they arrived, Reck said officers found the person, who was dead, had been shot.

Sheffield police spotted a vehicle matching the description of one that left the scene in their city, Reck said, and officers there chased the suspect back into Muscle Shoals.

Officers trapped the suspect’s vehicle behind the mall in order to keep him from getting close to the nearby Walmart, Reck said, and Martin began shooting.

One officer was hit in the vest and not injured, Reck said. The other officer was shot through his windshield.

Police say Friday’s events began with a call about a body on Avalon Avenue.

Martin, 41, was sentenced in 2013 to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter. He was arrested in 2011 for killing his father over an owed debt in Tuscumbia. He was released from prison in May 2016, according to police.

East Avalon Avenue between John R Street and Gusmus Avenue was closed while police worked on the scene there.

Multiple evidence markers could be seen in the parking lot behind the mall. Police from Florence, Tuscumbia, Cherokee, Muscle Shoals and Sheffield were all at that scene.

ALEA’s State Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case because officers were involved.

An ALEA spokesperson said at 4:30 p.m. the agency had no information to release yet.

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